While based at RAF Kinloss (March 1949)

John Hinde's Diaries

While based at RAF Kinloss, aged 21

Friday, 18 March 1949. Mountain Rescue truck to Glen Nevis Youth Hostel. At 8.00pm Chuck and I left hostel, walked about two and a half miles up Glen Nevis and then climbed to about 3000ft on Sgùrr a’ Mhaim (3601ft) in Mamore Forest. It grew too dark so we turned back.

Saturday, 19 March 1949. Chuck and I with Flight Lieutenant James and Flight Lieutenant Shepherd had a lift in ambulance to Ben Nevis Distillery on Spean Bridge road. Up by Allt a’ Mhuilinn. Met Ridlington and Dave. They climbed South Castle Gully of Carn Dearg and we climbed North Castle Gully. I led. Much step-cutting and a lot of kicking. Steep snow for over 1000ft. Only two rock belays. No cornice. We met Ridlington and Dave at the top. Walk over towards summit of the Ben. At top of No 3 Gully…

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Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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